White House Correspondents Dinner

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Obama's 10 Most Biting Jokes at Annual Dinner

Of course he talked Trump

(Newser) - It was President Obama's final turn at the mic Saturday night in what was his last White House Correspondents' Dinner, and the jokes were rolling. Ten standouts from the president, who spoke to a crowd that included a slew of politicians and plenty of Hollywood's finest: Bryan Cranston,... More »

Obama: I Can't Wait 'to See Who Koch Bros. Pick'

It's 'nerd prom' time again

(Newser) - Washington feted itself last night with the annual exercise known alternately as the White House Correspondents Dinner or "Nerd Prom," with Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong getting in some of the strongest zingers. "Your hair is so white now," she told President Obama, "it... More »

Zingers Fly at 'Nerd Prom'

President Obama, Joel McHale crack wise at White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - The annual media spectacle in which the cadre of reporters assigned to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. throws itself a glitzy party, mingles with Hollywood's bored and/or elite, and gazes deeply into its own navel is in the books. Highlights from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, aka "nerd prom,"... More »

Racist Security Marred White House Press Dinner

Seema Jilani accuses guards of being biased against her

(Newser) - As a mere spouse of one of the journalists attending the White House Correspondents Dinner, Seema Jilani was only allowed to attend the cocktail hour beforehand. But when she realized her husband had her keys, she figured she could at least meet him down in the foyer. Security guards refused,... More »

Obama: 'I'm Not Strapping Muslim Socialist I Used to Be'

Conan O'Brien slaps Joe Biden at White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - This year's White House Correspondents' Dinner saw laughs mixed with reflection on tragedies in Boston and Texas. President Obama took shots at the GOP and the media—not to mention himself. Among his best jokes, via Politico and the Los Angeles Times :
  • "Some folks still don’t think
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Conan Hosting White House Correspondents' Dinner

O'Brien will be featured act on April 27

(Newser) - The White House Correspondents' Association has chosen Conan O'Brien as the featured act for its annual dinner on April 27. Jimmy Kimmel hosted last year's dinner and got decent reviews for treading the tricky line of getting yuks without going too far. This is the event in which... More »

Time to Cancel 'Degrading' Correspondents' Dinner

It symbolizes all that is wrong with Washington, DC: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - The White House Correspondents' Dinner is an embarrassment, but it isn't a symbol of what's wrong with politics—it's a symbol of what's wrong with Washington, DC, writes Alex Pareene in a Salon piece titled "Washington's Sad Prom." Our nation's capital is... More »

Repeat Butt of WHCD Jokes: Romney

Jimmy Kimmel, President Obama pile on

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel received generally good marks as host of the White House Correspondents' Dinner last night, tweaking both parties without going for the jugular. And both Kimmel and the president dinged Mitt Romney—not in attendance—a few times. Among the top lines of the night, as per Politico :
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Celebs, Bigwigs Gather for 'Nerd Prom'

More than 2K turn out to White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - It's been dubbed the "nerd prom." But last night a good chunk of Hollywood turned out to join President Obama, Washington power brokers, and the press corps at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, reports Politico . As for dresses, Kate Hudson's purple sequin gown was "AH-MAY-ZING!... More »

Scarlett, Penn Can't Keep Hands Off Each Other

They reportedly go PDA crazy at correspondents dinner

(Newser) - The May-November romance of sexy celebs Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn is heating up. The two reportedly engaged in a slightly disconcerting super-hot make-out session smack dab in the middle of the White House Correspondents Dinner over the weekend. Scarlett, 26, couldn't keep her paws off 50-year-old Sean, even... More »

Obama Chuckles at Seth Meyers’ bin Laden Joke

Timely joke came one day before raid

(Newser) - The White House Correspondents' Dinner was Saturday night, just one day before Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid. Knowing that, it's especially interesting to watch the joke Seth Meyers made at the dinner—and Obama's reaction to it in particular. Hat tip to Pat's... More »

Trump Bites Back at Obama Zingers

That's what happens when you're leading the polls, he claims

(Newser) - Not surprisingly, Donald Trump has something to say about President Obama’s jokes at his expense at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “I really understood what I was getting into,” Trump said in a phone call to Fox and Friends, but “I didn't know... More »

Obama Zings Trump

President doesn't shy away from would-be birther candidate

(Newser) - Don't go to Vegas with Donald Trump these days: The would-be presidential candidate was betting last night that "I wouldn't think [Obama] would address me" in his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. No such luck, reports Politico:
  • Trump's "taken some flak lately but
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First Lady Tries Twitter

With assist from Jay Leno, CNN reporter helps Michelle Obama tweet

(Newser) - It took five people, but Michelle Obama now knows how to use Twitter. The tale emerges in the wake of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, aka the "nerd prom," where Jay Leno busted Ed Henry of CNN for tweeting at the head table. That got Obama's attention,... More »

Daily Show Jokesters Penned Obama Quips

No wonder he was so funny

(Newser) - No wonder President Obama got all the laughs at the White House Correspondent's Dinner over the weekend: his quips were written by Daily Show jokesters. Obama easily out-quipped Jay Leno with the funniest presidential material in two decades of the event, gushed Lloyd Grove in the Daily Beast , who was... More »

Obama Out-Cracks Jay Leno

'You wanna know what really tickles me? Eric Massa'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama offered a bit of wisdom to a ballroom filled with celebrities, political insiders, and journalists: There are a few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love. "Well, love and a birth certificate," he quipped at last night's black-tie White... More »

Winner Takes All: Leno Gets White House Dinner Gig

Comic everyone loves to hate right now scores correspondents' event

(Newser) - Jay Leno, who hasn't been winning any most-popular awards for shouldering Conan O'Brien out of his job, will nonetheless get the microphone this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The once and future Tonight Show host is probably hoping the backlash against him dies down by May 1, when... More »

Peter Orszag Engaged to ABC Reporter

Budget director, ABC News correspondent Bianna Golodryaga to wed

(Newser) - President Obama’s budget director Peter Orszag, whom Rahm Emanuel once credited with making “nerdy sexy,” has scored himself a beautiful fiancee in ABC News correspondent Bianna Golodryaga. Orszag met the decade-younger Golodryaga, 31, at May’s White House Correspondents Dinner. They got engaged over lunch in New... More »

I Snorted Coke 40 Feet From Obama at DC Dinner: Actor

David Cross, of Arrested Development fame, says he did it on a dare

(Newser) - We’ve all done silly stuff on a dare, but probably not on the level of actor/author/comic/crazy guy David Cross, who says he snorted cocaine not 40 feet from President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner (not, for the record, held at the White House). With cabinet secretaries, Supreme... More »

White House Rips Sykes' 9/11-Limbaugh Joke

(Newser) - Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today distanced the administration from 9/11-related comments made by comedian Wanda Sykes at the White House Correspondents dinner, Politico reports. Some things “are better left for serious reflection,” Gibbs said. “There's no doubt 9/11 is part of that.” Sykes suggested that “... More »

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